15. Ask Me Anything AI: How AI is Changing Therapy: Essential Tips You Can’t Afford to Miss

In this episode of “Ask Me Anything AI,” sponsored by Berries (a HIPAA-compliant AI note-taking platform), I dive into the basics of AI, specifically tailored for therapists in private practice. I answer common questions about AI, explain how it can transform your workflow, and offer practical advice on integrating AI tools like ChatGPT, Claude, and Gemini into your daily operations. I also touch on the importance of using HIPAA-compliant tools for clinical documentation and how to effectively train AI to understand your unique therapeutic approach.

Key Points:

  • Introduction to AI: I explain what AI is and its benefits for therapists, highlighting how it can reduce administrative tasks and improve efficiency.
  • Practical AI Tools: Recommendations for free and paid AI tools, including ChatGPT, Claude, and Gemini, and how they can assist with tasks like scheduling, content creation, and clinical documentation.
  • HIPAA Compliance: Emphasis on using HIPAA-compliant AI tools for clinical notes to ensure the security of client information.
  • Training AI: Tips on training AI to understand your unique voice and therapeutic approach to get the best results.

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Transcript: 

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This is Ask me anything. Ai, it’s sponsored by berries. B, E, R, R, I, E, S, dot, i, c, U, slash. Therapist. Berries is a HIPAA compliant AI, note taking platform that I partnered with. I’m obsessed with them. So every Wednesday at noon, I’m just going to come in here and see if you guys have any questions that you want to ask me. So I see there’s a couple people watching. What do you want to know about AI? Ask me. Ask away. I’m gonna let you know. So a question I just get asked all the time is, what is even AI? I don’t know if you guys watching this are familiar, or do you just found the group and you were like, I guess I’ll join. But AI in general, stands for artificial intelligence, and it’s basically a way to interact with a semi intelligent bot, or a chat bot, where you can have an actual conversation with the chat bot and ask the questions. And really, it’s like a super conversational thing that you do. And so, you know, chat bots used to be really terrible, right? You would just type in something, they’d give you a terrible answer and be like, this isn’t helpful. I’m going to just like, go over to customer service and send them an email, but, but AI, like, open AI is probably the most popular one, the one that I really learned the most on it like you’re having a conversation. So if you go to chatgpt.com and sign up, you can have a free account over there, and that’s really where I recommend getting started. So you go in there, you just start with the simplest of questions. You can even say to it, how can you help me? And it’s going to give you all kinds of answers even around that. So be going a further way that you can just start saying, like, Hey, I’m a therapist in private practice. How can you help me that way? And it’ll start giving you ideas. A lot of times, people even ask a question in this group, and they’ll say, How do I do? Blah, blah, blah, I would encourage you. I’m going to answer it, obviously, in the group for you. But also take that question, go put it in chatgpt and just there’s a little question down at the bottom. Let me see if I could either show you I haven’t pulled up this little message right here. You just type in exactly what you want to ask and whatever you’re asking in the group. Try asking it in chat GPT. It’s chatgpt.com, and it’ll help you, you know. So a lot of people say, How do I ask this? You ask it exactly like you’re asking me. Is basically how you get started with AI. Let’s see shewanda. Hello lady. See she’s saying, Is there a trip to making berries? Listen to zoom sessions? Oh, are you having a hard time with it? There is a toggle inside of berries where you can notify it whether you’re using headphones or not using headphones. I had forgotten, actually, to toggle that a couple times, and it’s still picked up on my sessions. So I don’t know. Let me know more about that. Merchandra, if you’re having, like, what specifically problems are you having? Is it not picking up? Or have you not tried it? Or have you looked for that thing where you can toggle whether you’re using headphones or not using headphones? For me, I always use headphones. I don’t even think I’ve toggled it, and it seems to work fine. So let me know, though. Let me know more specifics, and I’ll, I’ll help you with that. So going back to just that general question, like, what is AI? Would you guys enter this group? There’s, like, a series of questions. That’s probably the most frequent question I even get, what is AI and how does it help me in my private practice? So aside from chatgpt, there’s other free options out there that you can try. There’s one called Claude, which is another AI, I think the website is anthropic.com if you go there, you’re going to get access to Claude, which is another free one. All of these have paid versions and free versions. Most of the free versions work pretty well, in my opinion. Another one go to Gemini, Gemini AI, so if you type in gemini.google.com, you’ll be able to use Gemini. That’s another free one that’s super easy to use. I tried all of them. I’m like, pretty partial to chatgpt. That’s the one I use the most. That really seems to give me the best output. But I think it depends on your personality, what you’re trying to get it to do, and what kind of output you want to have chat GPT allows you to, like, train it so it knows exactly who you are. So especially if you’re a therapist in private practice, and you think you’re going to be using it mostly to help you with your private practice, you can go in and train it and you can say, you know, you could do this in a chat thread. And there’s also a place in chat GPT where you can train it to know more about you be going to settings. You can put more information in there, but you can say My name’s so and so I’d love for you to refer to me as Kim. I am a therapist in private practice, and this is the name of my private practice. I help clients that have the specific problem. My therapy specialty is whatever it is EMDR and chemical dependency or something like that. You could put that in and train it to know a lot about your brand. For me, I’ve got my private practice. I’ve got my therapy clients, so I use it with that stuff, with diagnostic help, progress notes, treatment plans, writing emails, social media, all of that around my private. Practice. But also I use it for I have, at least, I have 15 income streams, at least there’s probably more, but those are the ones I can just kind of count on the top of my head. I use it really, in every aspect of my business. So my chat GPT looks a little different. I’ve got it trained in a lot of different ways. And if you have a pay version with chat GPT, you can even create these things called gpts that know specifically about what you’re trying to do for each topic, basically. So I had gpts on tons of topics, like blog posts for my traveling therapist brand blog posts for AI stuff, blog posts for private practice stuff. So you can make the gpts that are really specific to different parts of your businesses. So if you’re a therapist, a multi passionate therapist, maybe you see clients, but you also have the courses that you sell, or worksheets, or maybe you sell, like mp three downloads. There’s just so many other income streams you could have. But you can train chat GPT to have all of these different brands in mind when you’re trying to work with it to get it to help you with writing social media, writing like sales email, trying to help you think of strategy. If you’re new to private practice, if you’re trying to think of networking strategies or marketing strategies within your niche, within a certain city, within a certain state, you can use chatgpt for that. You can give it like very specific information to say, I want you to act as a marketing expert to help me work in my private practice with this specific niche. So there’s just a million things you can do it. And that’s just like a little broad, like, what is AI there’s it’s so much more in depth. There’s so much more you can do with it. I mentioned progress notes inside of membership I started. It’s called the clinical AI club. Inside of the membership, we do talk a lot about how to write progress notes. And then, of course, I partnered with Barry’s bar B, E, R, R, I, E S is partner now with this page and with me. I love them, but they’re HIPAA compliant, so you can write notes in chat, G, P, T, or Claude or Gemini, any of these free AIS, but you can also join one of these HIPAA compliant AI writing note programs that you know your information going to be secure. So I guess that’s another like basic AI question. If we’re talking about what is AI, it’s definitely not HIPAA compliant, chat, GPT and all of that. So if you were to ever use it like I do, to, like, write treatment plans, or to help with diagnoses, or, you know, any of that clinical type stuff, you never, obviously want to put any type of phi whatsoever inside of your chat, GPT, inside of what you’re doing in there, super important. So that’s a little basic overview. And I know I said it was only going to be out here for 15 minutes, but let me look. I see there’s a couple there’s a couple people watching. I’m going to do this every Wednesday, so be if you’re watching this and you’re like, oh, I have some more questions. Put them in here. I’ll transform over the next week, and I’ll answer them for you. I’m also taking these recordings, and I’m putting them over on my podcast, which called run your private practice with AI. So it’s going to be, you know, a lot of these ask me anythings, but also, there’s tons of other topics over there that are really specific, more in depth about AI questions. I use chat GPT, which is your favorite for creating content, creating treatment plans, making social media, posts, newsletters, etc. Yeah. I mean, I love chat GPT. Before chatgpt even came out, I was using something called Jasper, which is pretty good too. It just costs money. So chatgpt, you could do it for free, but of course, I’ve now upgraded to, you know, the paid version of chatgpt, and there’s a new one out. Somebody was telling me about this in the clinical AI club called Bastion, Bastion GPT, I think is the website that is a HIPAA compliant chatgpt. I haven’t looked into it at all, but it says Bastion GPT is a chatgpt for healthcare professionals. The person that told me about it over in the AI club said it wasn’t as good as chatgpt, but I’m super curious about that, because then we could, you know, just type whatever we want there, and you don’t even have to worry about it. But, yeah, chat GPT is my favorite. I don’t know some people love Claude. For Gabby, I don’t know if she’s watching this, but she talks about Claude a lot. She loves Claude. I can’t ever seem to get good input out of there. So I’m, like, not that thrilled with it, but I love chat GPT, yeah. So that’s my recommendation.

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That’s That’s my go to. Let me see what else I see coming in here. Um, creating newsletters. Yeah. So, and also, the thing about all of that, the the social posts, the newsletters, all that stuff, it’s almost not as important about which free AI you use. It’s more about the prompt construction that you use to get really good output. So, you know, a lot of people will say, Well, I tried chatgpt. Chatgpt was crap. It didn’t give me any any good content. It sounded like aI wrote it. Well, a lot of that is because people don’t understand how to construct a really good prompt to get what you want out of it. And a lot of people don’t take the time to program. With your specific brand, your specific voice, with chatgpt. Now you can even upload like transcripts of you talking about things. So it gets to know your personality. Gets to know how you phrase things. So there’s lots of ways to train it. And I tell people that, like, before you decide if it’s going to work for you or not, try training it a little bit more like I was talking about earlier, around you know, your brand, your private practice, who you help, what, what your ideal customer is. All of that, you’ve got to do that training beforehand if you want to have good output from the AI that you’re working with. So I hope that helped every single Wednesday, at 12, I’m just going to pop in here and do a little 15 minute ask me anything, and let me know what you want to see in this group, too. I’m excited to sort of revive it. I’ve been busy. Some of you know, I’ve got, like, I actually have, like, eight Facebook groups, so I’m always, like, all over the place, and I’m trying to, like, put some energy here, because I love AI and you know, whether you’re doing, like, getting my paid content, like the clinical AI club or anything like that, I still want you to get the information here, because I just, I’m excited about it. I think it hate to say revolutionize, because it’s such an AI AI word now, but it’s changed the way I’ve done everything. It’s fed up my efficiency. It allows me to do a lot more in a day than I used to be able to do. So anyway, that’s that’s why I created this group. I want to help you guys know about it and everything I’m doing with it. So if you’re watching, if you’ve got questions, if you got tips, tricks, anything like that, please feel free to share them, because I want everybody to learn from each other here in this group. And again, this was sponsored by dairies. B, E, R, R, I, E, S, dot, i, c, U, slash. Therapist, they’re amazing. I’m working with them for a product development to help make their product perfect for a therapist, since we kind of know exactly what needs to be in those notes, they’re developers. They’re awesome, but they don’t know everything about what therapist needs. So that’s my role, and where I’ve come in, basically, to help them with this whole thing. So I’m really excited about Barry’s and this group. Have a great week. I’ll be back here next week, on Wednesday, and I’ll talk to you guys later. Bye, bye.